Cong cautions against politicising emotive issues

Congress on Friday cautioned against "politicising" emotive issues.

Updated: Sep 24, 2011, 00:41 AM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Friday cautioned against
"politicising" emotive issues and disapproved of Opposition
PDP`s statement saying it would support the resolution in
Jammu and Kashmir Assembly seeking clemency for Parliament
attack convict Afzal Guru.
"The issue of capital punishment is extremely sensitive
issue...we need to tread with utmost caution and not be giving
statements, which create an impression as if we were trying to
politicise something on which there is emotive and polarized
opinion," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said reacting to a
volley of questions on the issue.

He was asked to comment on People`s Democratic Party
President Mehbooba Mufti`s statement in Srinagar in which she
said, "We will support the resolution. We have been demanding
clemency for Guru right from the time his death sentence was
announced."

Mehbooba stressed that if the Assembly passes the
resolution, it should not become an issue.
She said while the death sentence of Nalini, a convict
in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was commuted to life
imprisonment, a similar resolution has been passed by Tamil
Nadu Assembly seeking clemency for three other convicts in the
case.

The Assembly will debate on September 28 the resolution
submitted by independent MLA from Langate Sheikh Abdul Rashid.

PTI